Faithfulness

Stones of Remembrance

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As we stand at the brink of a brand-new year, I once again stand in amazement at all He has done this past year – hearing stories of hope, deliverance and growth; sharing rich fellowship, corporate prayer and worship with brothers and sisters around the world; and witnessing countless examples of Christ’s faithfulness despite our own human brokenness.

Reflecting on these brought to mind the Lord’s commandment to Joshua (Joshua 4) to set up twelve stones of remembrance to remind the Israelites (and their future generations) of God’s faithfulness, deliverance, sustenance and provision.

1 Samuel 12:7 also describes Samuel setting up an Ebenezer stone as a powerful reminder that the Lord came to the Israelite’s rescue in battle and ultimately enabled them to conquer the Philistines.

My question to you as we close out 2018: What “stones of remembrance” come to mind when you reflect on the year? Whether the year was a particularly challenging one or a season of abundance and rejoicing, how has God shown Himself strong, reliable and trustworthy in your life?

I’ll leave you with some lyrics from the hymn, “Come Thou Fount”:

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace

Here I raise my Ebenezer
Here by Thy great help I’ve come!

Happy New Year!
Maranatha,

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Great Is Your Faithfulness

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Jeremiah was crying and in great despair over the travesty of the oppression from without and the rot from within God’s people. He was maligned, imprisoned, scorned, ridiculed, shamed and tortured. Though all these bad things happened to him personally, the famine and threat from the enemy has profoundly harmed the people of Jerusalem. So all around him was fear, pain and hopelessness.

In this context he writes, “This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. The Lord’s loving-kindnesses indeed never cease, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:21-23).

Think through all the pains and hardships you face in your life today.

Where is your heart crying?

At least for me, I have so little to complain about compared to all the Jerimiah went through. Yet in all of this, he grasped for the loving-kindnesses, compassion and faithfulness of the Lord. Can I do any less?

Take some minutes to pour out your heart to the Lord, then praise Him for His loving-kindnesses, compassion and faithfulness.

Maranatha,
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The Lord Does What He Promises

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Last week we looked at the topic, “Is Anything Too Hard For The Lord?”. Continuing the story of the Lord’s promise to Sarah that at 90 years old, she would have a son, this week we look at what happened.

“The LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did to Sarah as he had promised. And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him. (Gen. 21:1-2)

The Lord does what He says. It will happen if the Lord promises it. Has the Lord promised something to you? It will happen. It may not be in our life-time but it will happen.

For example, the Lord promised to Abraham that his descendants will be as many as the stars in the heaven, yet he only saw Isaac. “No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. (Rom. 4:20)

Has the Lord promised you anything? Thank the Lord for His faithfulness to His promises.

Maranatha,
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